Devolution Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Devolution and Planning Ms Mwanamaka Mabruki (centre with glasses) with pupils holding tablets during the launch of the Digital Literacy Programme implementation at Port Victoria Mixed Primary School in Busia County on Tuesday. [Photo: Nicholas Nthenge]
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) will begin producing digital learning devices this month, the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Devolution Ms Mwanamaka Mabruki has said.
Ms Mabruki said the JKUAT plant together with another one to be set up by Moi University will be assembling 750,000 devices annually.
She was speaking at Port Victoria Primary School in Busia County recently, after launching the digital literacy programme implementation. “The assembly plants will create over 3,000 job opportunities for the citizens,” she said.
Ms Mabruki said the digital literacy programme has placed Kenya as a global leader, pace setter and ICT hub, adding that already, several countries have visited Kenya to benchmark on the programme for their own use.
She said the programme is being implemented in over 23,000 primary schools countrywide, and was targeting one million Standard One pupils this year.”By December this year, the government aims to install over 1.2 million devices thus covering all public primary schools across the country,” she said.
The PS said pupils with special needs will receive devices that match their needs with the government providing all special schools with digital learning devices. Ms Mabruki called on school administrators to ensure they have secure storage cabinets.
She called on Kenyans to take advantage of the benefits accrued from the digital literacy programme such as electricity connected to nearby primary schools. “The fact that most primary schools are in the interior parts of the country means that most parts are now electricity connected. The resultant benefits cannot be gainsaid,” she said. (KNA)